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Wisconsin Adoption Laws

Code Section; Uniform Act
48.81, et seq.; 882.04; 808.04(7); No

Who May be Adopted
Any person minor; adult

Age that Child’s Consent Needed
No child’s consent required; however, minors 12 and older must attend hearing unless court orders otherwise.

Who may Adopt
Unmarried adult, husband and wife jointly, spouse of minor’s parent may adopt minor. Must be Wisconsin residents and (if practicable and if requested by birth parent) of same religion as adoptee’s natural parents. Any resident adult may adopt any other adult.

Adoptive Home Residency Prior to Decree
6 months

State Agency/COurt
Department of Health & Social Services/Circuit

Statute of Limitation to Challenge
40 days

Inside Wisconsin Adoption Laws